By: Sheikh Ali S Ali PhD
We would like to congratulate you on the coming of the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is the blessed month in which the Qur'an was revealed. We read in chapter 2 of the Qur'an verse 185:
"The month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was revealed , a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)".
Let us take advantage of the infinite mercy and blessings Allah (swt) bestows upon us on this month by reciting and understanding the Qur'an. One of the most significant forms of Ebadat one can do in order to get closer to Allah (swt) is reading the Qur'an. Jibreel used to come to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) every night in Ramadan, and study the Quran with him.(Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268).
The book of Allah is our first guide and code of life, it is the constitution we abide by. It is the first legacy our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) left for his ummah along with his Sunnah. The Prophet (pbuh)profoundly stated :
"I have left behind two things (for you) if you abide to them, you will never go astray, The book of Allah and my Sunnah."
With the Qur'an being so significant for us, we ought to know its rights upon us. I will briefly mention some of them in the following:
1) The right to believe in it: Allah says "O you who believe, believe in Allah and his messenger and the Book which was reveal to His Messenger” (Qur’an 4:136)
2) The right of acting upon its teachings: A'isha (RA) the wife of the Prophet said: "The character of the Prophet is the Qur'an". This means that the Prophet acted and lived upon the teaching of the Qur'an. In other words the Prophet was the living, breathing and walking Qur'an.
3) The rights of not only learning but also teaching it: The Prophet said " the best of you are those who learn Qur'an and teach it".
4) The right to introduce and invite others to believe in it: Allah said " Say, "This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him." (Qur'an 12:108) Additionally, the Prophet said "convey on my behalf even if it is a word".
5) The right of proper recitation: Allah Says " and recite the Qur'an at a slow pace and with clarity" (Qur'an 73:04). This requires from us to learn the science of TAJWEED.
6) The right of Hifz: Of course every Muslims memorizes some Qur'anic Ayat and some Suras. The Prophet said (this is not exact
quotation). "A person who does not have any thing of Qur'an in him is like an abandoned house"
7) The right of Ta'zim (respect): When listening to the recitation of the Qur'an one must remain silent. One must perform wudu (Ablution) out of respect before reciting the Qur'an.
8) The rights of TATABBUR: Reflecting and contemplating the Qur’an.
While reading the Qur'an in Ramadan:
1) Try to finish reading the Qur'an during Ramadan.
2) Divide your time into two: Read it with Tatabbur, you will get reward for each letter you read.
3) Study some verses or suras by yourself or someone else.
4) Try to memorize new suras or verses.
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